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AC Milan replaces Vincenzo Montella with Gennaro Gattuso

By Andrew Dampf, Associated Press In the end, Vincenzo Montella became a victim of the heightened expectations at AC Milan. When a club spends more than 200 million euros (nearly $250 million) on new players in the offseason, six wins in 14 matches and seventh place in the standings are simply not enough. Unable to produce inspiring results with a completely revamped squad, Montella was fired as coach of AC Milan on Monday and replaced by Gennaro Gattuso. "We all raised expectations a little too much in the summer but the fault lies only with the coach," Montella said. "These players deserve much more and I'm sure that they'll be able to emerge from this difficult period." Milan has won only two of its past nine matches and has as many losses — six — as wins. The Rossoneri have been beaten by Lazio, Roma, Inter, Juventus and Napoli — the top five teams in the standings. "Coaching Milan was an honor, and working with this team was even better," Montella wrote on Twitter. "I hope Rino can restore Milan to where it belongs." The move came a day after a dispiriting 0-0 draw at home with Torino. Milan announced in a statement that it had "parted ways" with Montella. "We are very grateful to Mr. Montella and his staff for all the work done up to today, their commitment and professionalism," the club said. "Management of the first team is entrusted to Gennaro Gattuso." A seven-time European champion, Milan is also facing financial fair play inquiries from UEFA after an offseason spending spree brought in an entire squad's worth of new players. There have been questions over the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased Milan from Silvio Berlusconi for $800 million in April. The club needs a top-four finish and a place in the Champions League to acquire more cash flow. Gattuso, a gritty midfielder who had been in charge of the club's youth squad, won the 2003 and 2007 Champions League titles with Milan as a player. The 39-year-old Gattuso also previously coached Sion, Palermo, OFI Crete and Pisa. Gattuso, who also helped Italy win the 2006 World Cup title, was known for his intensity and relentlessness on the field — qualities the current Milan squad has lacked. After the appointment, Berlusconi tweeted that he had a "long and affectionate and cordial phone call with my old warrior Rino Gattuso." Gattuso becomes Milan's seventh coach (including caretakers) since now-Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was fired in January 2014. Montella was hired in June 2016 and led Milan to a sixth-place finish and a Europa League spot last season — ending a drought of three years without playing in continental competition. Milan opened the season by winning all four of its Europa League qualifying matches and its first two Serie A games. Then a 4-1 loss at Lazio showed how vulnerable the squad was. Leonardo Bonucci, Italy's top defender who was brought in from Juventus during the offseason, has had a difficult start with his new club and the big group of new players has failed to gel. The other new players brought in were forwards Andre Silva (FC Porto) and Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina); midfielders Franck Kessie, Andrea Conti (Atalanta), Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer Leverkusen) and Lucas Biglia (Lazio); and defenders Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg) and Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal). Milan's few highlights this season have come in the Europa League, including a 5-1 rout of Austria Vienna last week that ensured a spot in the knockout stage. Montella's biggest achievement with Milan was winning the Italian Super Cup over Juventus in a penalty shootout in December 2016. Gattuso's debut will come at last-place Benevento on Sunday. He will be presented on Tuesday. Also, Cristian Bucchi was fired by Sassuolo on Monday, making it six firings in Serie A this season after changes by Cagliari, Benevento, Genoa and Udinese......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnNov 28th, 2017

Gattuso looking to bring team spirit back to AC Milan

By Daniella Matar, Associated Press CARNAGO, Italy (AP) — Known for his intensity and relentlessness on the field, Gennaro Gattuso is hoping to bring that same attitude back to AC Milan as coach. Gattuso was a gritty midfielder who helped Milan to two Serie A titles and two Champions League trophies. He also won the World Cup with Italy in 2006. The 39-year-old Gattuso has replaced Vincenzo Montella as coach. Montella was fired on Monday after winning only six of Milan's 14 league matches despite spending more than 200 million euros (nearly $250 million) on new players in the offseason. "I think this team can do a lot more," Gattuso said Tuesday at Milanello, the club's training ground. "We need to become a team, we have to go onto the field as a group ... we need a battlefield spirit but there is talent." Gattuso had that spirit when he was a player, but he won't be playing now. "I think it's reductive to keep talking about Gattuso as a player," he said. "The spirit and never-say-die attitude has stayed with me. I never want to lose even playing table football against my son, that's always there. "But I studied to become a coach, they didn't gift me my license. You don't prepare for matches just with heart and determination ... you also need to work on the physical condition and technical and tactical preparation." Milan's first match under Gattuso will be on Sunday at Benevento, which has yet to earn a point this season. Milan is in seventh place in Serie A and 11 points behind fourth-place Roma, which occupies the last qualifying berth for the Champions League. "I have to think about Benevento as if it's the World Cup final," Gattuso said. Gattuso, who has never coached in the top division, previously coached at Sion, Palermo, OFI Crete and Pisa. He resigned from OFI — twice — with the club in financial difficulty and unable to pay wages. He also struggled with poor working conditions at Pisa. Milan is facing financial fair play inquiries from UEFA because of its spending spree, while there have been questions about the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the club from Silvio Berlusconi for $800 million in April. "I have heard it said that the club has problems but the wages for the players arrive punctually," Gattuso said. "I love my job, I do it with great passion. It gives me a lot of adrenaline. For me the dream continues. It's a privilege to coach a team like this.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

Donnarumma in tears after Milan fans jeer him

By Daniella Matar, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — A visibly shaken Gianluigi Donnarumma was comforted by AC Milan teammate Leonardo Bonucci as insults poured down on the teenage goalkeeper from the fans. And that was only the warmup. Donnarumma has swiftly gone from being one of Milan's most adored players to its most hated. After a protracted saga appeared to be settled in the offseason by Donnarumma signing a contract until 2021, speculation over his future has started again and supporters have had enough. Despite the new deal being worth 6 million euros ($7 million) a year and including the signing of his older brother as Milan's third-choice goalkeeper, Donnarumma and his agent, Mino Raiola, are reportedly looking to annul the contract because he felt pressure to agree to it. Before Wednesday's Italian Cup victory over Hellas Verona, fans unveiled a giant banner saying: "Moral abuse, 6 million a year and the signing of a parasite brother? Now go, our patience is finished." There were jeers ahead of the kick-off when the 18-year-old Donnarumma's name was read out, and shouts for him to leave. He was in tears as he was comforted by Bonucci. Donnarumma had to play the first half below the giant banner and his every touch was greeted with boos.   E’ stata una brutta serata e non me l'aspettavo ! Non ho mai detto ne scritto di aver subito violenza morale quando ho firmato il contratto. Nonostante tutto guardo avanti e testa alla prossima partita..forza milan!🔴⚫️ A post shared by Gianluigi Donnarumma (@gigiodonna99) on Dec 14, 2017 at 11:30am PST "It was an awful night that I didn't expect!" Donnarumma wrote on Instagram on Thursday. "I never said nor wrote that I had suffered psychological pressure when I signed the contract. Despite everything I am looking forward and have my mind on the next game ... Forza Milan!" Milan, which is seventh in the standings, plays Verona again in Serie A on Sunday. "Of course he's upset, he's only 18," Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso said after Wednesday's match. "For the age that he is, there's no doubt that he will become the best goalkeeper in the world, but he's not calm and it can't be easy to go out on the pitch and be criticized by your own fans. I can only say that while he is with me he will always have my total protection. "They're turning a lad of 18 into a monster. And he doesn't deserve it, he has incredible values. Luckily this was a match where there weren't many people (about 9,000). Imagine how difficult it would have been with 50-60,000." It's not the first time Donnarumma has faced insults from the stands. He had fake money thrown at him during Italy's Under-21 European Championship opener against Denmark in June after it was announced he would not be renewing his contract, while a banner emblazoned with "Dollarumma" was also displayed. "We understand the fans but I ask them to boo our opponents and not our players," Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli said. "Gigio is a young lad and he's not entirely at fault, he loves Milan and one day he will understand what's good and what's bad. "He needs to be supported and the club will do so because he is an asset. We know where the evil comes from and we hope to resolve this problem in the next few months." Mirabelli said Milan "has no intention of selling Donnarumma" and criticized Raiola. "I don't have any plans to meet with Raiola. I don't have anything to say to him," Mirabelli said. "There's a man who is trying to damage our image but he is becoming more a showman than anything else. We laugh about it, but he won't get away with it. "Gigio has never said he wants to leave, otherwise he would never have signed through to 2021. There's someone who is trying to organize something deliberately, but we will look out for Milan's interests in every arena." Donnarumma has been playing for Milan since October 2015, when he became the youngest goalkeeper to start a Serie A match, at the age of 16 years, 8 months, 6 days. He has made four senior Italy appearances and is likely to take over as the No. 1 after Gianluigi Buffon retired from international duty following the Azzurri's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

Donnarumma replaces Buffon

MILAN: AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma wrote his name into Italian football history books on Thursday (Friday in Manila) by becoming the youngest goalkeeper to play for the Azzurri. Donnarumma, 17, replaced Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon for the .....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2016

More economic zones needed in Davao City – biz leader

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Jan) – The newly elected president of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) wants more economic zones in the city to attract foreign investors. DCCCII president Arturo Milan said in an interview Wednesday that a Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)-accredited area is what most of the investors […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

More economic zones needed in Davao City – biz leader

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Jan) – The newly elected president of Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) wants more economic zones in the city to attract foreign investors. DCCCII president Arturo Milan said in an interview Wednesday that a Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)-accredited area is what most of the investors […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Davao City business chamber pushes for development of economic zones

By Carmelito Q. Francisco and Maya M. Padillo, Correspondents DAVAO CITY — The business sector has called on the city government to push for the creation of economic zones to lure more investors, especially foreigners. Arturo M. Milan, incoming president of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., said that since last year, […] The post Davao City business chamber pushes for development of economic zones appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Japanese, Davao City businessmen push for Tokyo-Davao direct flights

DAVAO CITY — Japanese investors and the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) are in talks for the opening of direct flights between Tokyo and Davao City. Newly elected DCCCII President Arturo M. Milan, in a media forum Wednesday, said the investors from Japan are involved in the tourism sector. “Nothing is […] The post Japanese, Davao City businessmen push for Tokyo-Davao direct flights appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Davao Chamber, Japanese biz execs eye direct Davao-Tokyo flights

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 January) – Direct flights between this city and Tokyo, Japan are in the works, an official of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) said. Arturo Milan, new president of DCCCII, told reporters on Wednesday that chamber representatives had met with four Japanese executives engaged in the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

NPA attacks on banana plantations in Davao worry biz sector

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 January) – The city’s business sector expressed alarm over the attacks launched by the New People’s Army (NPA) against banana firms in Barangay Tamayong, Calinan District on January 13. Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Arturo Milan said the security situation remains a concern, citing the recent attack […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Davao to sign sisterhood agreement with Honolulu

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) – Officials of the city government of Davao will sign a sisterhood agreement with Honolulu, Hawaii next month, an official of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) said. Newly-elected DCCCII president Arturo Milan told reporters on Wednesday that representatives from the city government and the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Zubiri replaces proposed BBL with approved version of BTC

After a phone call from President Rodrigo Duterte Monday, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri has withdrawn his proposed Bangsamo Basic Law (BBL) and replaced it with a new measure, which is the approved version of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).   Zubiri said he was able to talk to Duterte through the latter’s special assistant, Christopher… link: Zubiri replaces proposed BBL with approved version of BTC.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Dolce & Gabbana’s royal flush wows Milan Fashion Week

MILAN — Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana put on a show fit for a king Saturday with its regal-inspired men’s range modelled by some of the scions of the social media age in Milan. The show, King’s Angels, featuring sharp tailored suits embellished with patterned lapels and gold embroidery, took place under an enormous […] The post Dolce & Gabbana’s royal flush wows Milan Fashion Week appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Versace family slam TV series on the designer’s murder

MILAN — The Versace family on Wednesday slammed a new television series on the murder of fashion giant Gianni Versace, saying it was based on nothing more than “work of fiction.” The show, filmed largely at Versace’s Miami waterfront mansion where the stylist to the stars was gunned down in July 1997, is set to […] The post Versace family slam TV series on the designer’s murder appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Ferrero nears deal for Nestle s U.S. candy operations

MILAN, Italy – Italy's Ferrero is closing in on a $2.8-billion deal for Nestle's US confectionary business, Bloomberg said Wednesday, January 10, amid signs a deal could be completed by Sunday, January 14. Nestle USA registered sales of some 900 million Swiss francs (828 million euros/$900 million) in 2016, in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Milan Melindo vows to fight on: I can be world champion again

MANILA, Philippines - Milan Melindo arrived back in Cebu from Japan on Wednesday evening, January 3, about an hour after originally he was originally scheduled. It had been a tough last few days for the Cagayan de Oro City native, who lost his IBF junior flyweight title ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

Stable Packers embark on offseason of change with GM search

By Genaro C. Armas, Associated Press GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — One of the NFL’s model franchises for stability and success, the Green Bay Packers have embarked on an offseason of change after missing the playoffs and finishing with a losing record for the first time since 2008. Ted Thompson is out after 13 years as general manager but will remain as senior adviser of football operations. President/CEO Mark Murphy said a search for a replacement has started. This should be an attractive opening since the Packers aren’t far off from returning to contender status. Two-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to return to full health next season following a collarbone injury. “I think with our organization, the success we’ve had in the past, I think very realistically we can win Super Bowls in the near future,” Murphy said Tuesday at Lambeau Field. “And it’s now on us to get the right people in place and move forward.” The Packers have several in-house candidates. But whoever replaces Thompson will have Mike McCarthy under contract through 2019, after Murphy said the coach was given a one-year extension during the season. The extension prevents McCarthy from having lame-duck status with a new GM. “Kind of like Ted, the two of them together have had a great run. We have all the confidence in the world in Mike,” Murphy said. The Packers’ Super Bowl victory in 2010 was the highlight of Thompson’s 13-year tenure, which also included four NFC championship game appearances. The Packers abided by a “draft-and-develop” philosophy on Thompson’s watch. “The organization, our fans and our community were fortunate to have had one of the NFL’s all-time great general managers leading our football operations,” Murphy said. But Green Bay lost its season finale 35-11 on Sunday to the Detroit Lions, slipping below .500 in a season in which Rodgers missed nine games with the collarbone injury. The offense struggled with backup Brett Hundley, and a defense stocked with high draft picks failed to improve again. Murphy said the subject of a transition was broached with Thompson after the season finale. Thompson, who has often spoken about his love of scouting, was given options. But Murphy said he wasn’t forced out. “It was a decision we made jointly,” Murphy said. “It was something in my mind I think it’s going to be good for the organization and Ted.” Thompson, notoriously media shy, did not attend the news conference. “This is a special place and we’ve had some success along the way, but it’s the relationships that I value most,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to supporting this team in my new role as we strive to win another championship.” Several players spoke about the transition as they cleaned out their lockers on Tuesday after a team meeting. “It is a little uncharted territory for us. It’s going to be different, we’re going to have some different voices, some different faces in here,” said kicker Mason Crosby, one of the team’s longest tenured players. “Ted Thompson with his transition through my 11 years here, it’s always hard to see people leave.” Thompson took over on Jan. 14, 2005, and selected Rodgers in the first round of the draft that year. He hired McCarthy as head coach the following year, and the Packers won six NFC North titles under his watch. “It’s tough to see him step down. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him, taking a shot on me coming out as a free agent meant a little more,” said guard Lane Taylor, a fifth-year player who rose from undrafted free agent to starter. But standards are high in a city nicknamed “Titletown.” The Packers are the only publicly owned team in the NFL and play in the league’s smallest market, about a two-hour drive north of Milwaukee. Thompson has long been a target for some restless fans eager for the club to take a more aggressive approach in free agency. A defense plagued by injuries at cornerback had some moments trying to adjust to the loss of Rodgers on the other side of the ball. But production slacked off toward the end of the season. Green Bay lacked a consistent pass rush and didn’t force a turnover over the season’s final three weeks. While the team has not made a formal announcement about the departure of veteran defensive coordinator Dom Capers, Murphy said McCarthy has the go-ahead to search for a replacement without waiting for a new GM. “Mike has that authority,” Murphy said when asked about the coordinator search. “This is the time of year when things move pretty quickly, and I think on the coaching side, you don’t want to put yourself at a disadvantage.” Green Bay, which finished 22nd in total defense for a second consecutive year, used its top draft pick in each of the past six seasons on defensive players. The Packers were 15th in defense in both 2014 and 2015......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

Melindo coach on New Year s Eve fight: We lost to a better fighter

ALA Boxing standout and Pinoy boxing star Milan 'El Metodico' Melindo had a chance to close out 2017 with a bang by unifying the IBF and WBA junior flyweight belts when he took on Ryoichi Taguchi in Japan.  And while Melindo put on a valiant effort, in the end, the Japanese champion dominated the scoreboards for the unanimous decision nod.  Throughout the fight, Taguchi used his length and his reach to punish Melindo, who wound up with a couple of cuts above his eyebrows.  While it didn't go their way, ALA Boxing head coach Edito Villamor remained gracious in defeat, praising Taguchi on Twitter and calling him the better fighter.  We lost a better fighter last night. It was a great fight. Thank you for all your support. Happy New Year looking forward for 2018. — Edito Villamor (@coachala) December 31, 2017 While it's back to the drawing board for Melindo and ALA, 2017 was still a banner year for the Cagayanon, who won and defended his first world title.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

Milan Melindo absorbs sour ending to the year

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo Senior Reporter WHAT WAS a solid year for Filipino world boxing champion Milan “El Metodico” Melindo did not have the corresponding ending he was looking for as he absorbed a unanimous decision loss on the final day of 2017, and in the process surrendered his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior […] The post Milan Melindo absorbs sour ending to the year appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

Melindo lost to a ‘better fighter,’ says trainer

Milan Melindo's trainer had nothing but respect for Ryoichi Taguchi after the Japanese slugger unified the WBA and IBF junior flyweight belts at the expense of his fighter on New Year's Eve in Tokyo, Japan. Edito Villamor took to his Twitter account to show appreciation to Taguchi, who outpointed Melindo 117-111, 117-111, 116-112, Sunday night. "We lost to a better fighter last night," said Villamor. "It was a great fight, thank you for all your support." READ:Melindo falls to Taguchi in unification bout Taguchi (27-2-2) also won the vacant Ring Magazine junior flyweight in a fight that he took in the pivotal third and fourth rounds. After Melindo controlled the first...Keep on reading: Melindo lost to a ‘better fighter,’ says trainer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

Taguchi outslugs Melindo to win bloody unification fight

  MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Milan Melindo's quest to become unified champion has ended with a bloody unanimous decision loss to Ryoichi Taguchi on New Year's Eve at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. Taguchi (27-2-2, 12 knockouts) added the IBF 108-pound belt to the WBA title he was ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018